Buckingham Palace is the primary home of the British sovereign. It is open to the public for two months a year, when the sovereign is not in residence from late July until the end of December. Aside from visiting the state rooms, the Changing of the Guard is another spectacle that you shouldn’t miss. The ceremony lasts for about 45 minutes between 10.15-11.45am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from January to March, when the weather is fair.
If you want to catch the Changing of the Guard, here are important details that you can check out.
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If you still have ample time to go around near Buckingham Palace, here is a list of interesting places to see.
The Queen's Gallery
The Queen’s Gallery was once a chapel until it was turnes into a gallery in 1962 where exhibits are changed from time to time. It allows the general public to catch a glimpse of rarely-seen works-of-art from the Royal Collection, one of the finest art collections in the world.
Find out more information about The Queen’s Gallery here.
The Queen Victoria Memorial is situated just in front of Buckingham Palace. Parts of it include the Dominion Gates (Canada Gate, Australia Gate and South and West Africa Gates), the Memorial Gardens and a huge monument commemorating the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.
More details about the Victoria Memorial here.
Built for the Duke of Clarence, who reigned as King William IV from 1830-1837, Clarence House was home to Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip until she succeeded to the throne in 1952. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother moved to Clarence House after King George VI died, while Prince Charles calls this his home since 2002.
St James's Palace
Built by Henry VIII on the site of a leper hospital, St James's Palace is the most senior royal residence in Great Britain. It is in this Tudor red-brick palace where the Accession Council meets. While the Sovereign does reside here, several members of the Royal Family live in the Palace apartments.
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Commissioned in 1825 by the ‘grand old’ Duke of York, York House – as it was then known – was a hub of social and political life throughout the 19th century. In 1913, Lord Leverhulme, a Lancastrian, bought the lease for the nation and Stafford House became Lancaster House. At one time it was home to the London Museum. Today, house has been an important centre for government hospitality ever since.
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King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Memorial
The George VI and Queen Elizabeth Memorial, situated between The Mall and Carlton Gardens in central London, is a memorial to King George VI and his consort, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
Spencer House is a mansion in St James's, London, and is the property of the Earl Spencer. It is open to the public every Sunday.
Also known as Number One, London, Apsley House, is the London home of the Dukes of Wellington and stands right in the heart of London at Hyde Park Corner. The public is welcome to visit from Wednesday to Sunday.
More about Apsley House here.